<![CDATA[MMA RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham UFC 216 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/7/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/10/07/beneil-dariush-vs-evan-dunham-ufc-216-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Beneil Dariush and Evan Dunham fight Saturday during UFC 216 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Beneil Dariush enters this fight with a 14-3 record and has won 43 percent of his fights by submission. Dariush has won seven of his last nine fights and is coming off a March loss to Edson Barboza. Dariush is averaging 3.83 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.3 percent. Dariush is averaging 1.33 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 25.7 percent. Dariush has split his last four fights and hopes to redeem himself after getting knocked out by a brutal…

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Beneil Dariush and Evan Dunham fight Saturday during UFC 216 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Beneil Dariush enters this fight with a 14-3 record and has won 43 percent of his fights by submission. Dariush has won seven of his last nine fights and is coming off a March loss to Edson Barboza. Dariush is averaging 3.83 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.3 percent. Dariush is averaging 1.33 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 25.7 percent. Dariush has split his last four fights and hopes to redeem himself after getting knocked out by a brutal knee to the chin. Dariush is a smart fighter who usually doesn’t put himself in danger often, and is a good grappler who has a knack for finishing fights when he gets them to the canvas. Dariush isn’t the most powerful striker in the world, but he’s accurate and showed against James Vick it can’t be underestimated. Dariush is also a well conditioned fighter who has won all five of his career decisions. This will be Dariush’s first fight in Las Vegas.

Evan Dunham enters this fight with a 17-6 record and has won 47 percent of his fights by decision. Dunham has won his last four fights and is coming off a September win over Rick Glenn. Dunham is averaging 5.68 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 39.8 percent. Dunham is averaging 1.91 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 34.6 percent. Dunham hasn’t lost since his 2014 bout with Edson Barboza and has won each of his last four fights by unanimous decision. Dunham is a volume striker who is going to be the aggressor more times than not and it’s helped him win nine of his 12 career decisions. Dunham also has a deep background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu along with a good takedown defense, so he usually gets the fight where he wants it and forces his opponent to win out of his comfort zone. Dunham also has a great ground and pound, so he’s dangerous wherever the fight ends up. This will be Dunham’s fifth fight in Las Vegas. 

This fight could go either way, but I give the edge to Dariush. He’s the bigger fighter between the two, has never lost back-to-back fights in his career and is the far more accurate and smarter striker. Dunham has more success with his takedowns and could have an advantage in the clinch, but Dariush has proven his worth on the canvas as well and actually has a higher submit percentage.

However this fight ends up, Dariush has to like his chances to leave with a victory.

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Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:16:22 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=92274
<![CDATA[Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee UFC 216 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/7/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/10/07/tony-ferguson-vs-kevin-lee-ufc-216-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee fight Saturday during UFC 216 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Tony Ferguson enters this fight with a 23-3 record and has won 48 percent of his fights by knockout. Ferguson has won his last nine fights and is coming off a November win over Rafael dos Anjos. Ferguson is averaging 5.23 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.3 percent. Ferguson is averaging 0.71 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 42.8 percent. Ferguson hasn’t lost since his 2012 fight with Michael Johnson and has earned fight of the night honors in each…

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Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee fight Saturday during UFC 216 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Tony Ferguson enters this fight with a 23-3 record and has won 48 percent of his fights by knockout. Ferguson has won his last nine fights and is coming off a November win over Rafael dos Anjos. Ferguson is averaging 5.23 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.3 percent. Ferguson is averaging 0.71 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 42.8 percent. Ferguson hasn’t lost since his 2012 fight with Michael Johnson and has earned fight of the night honors in each of his last five fights. Ferguson is a balanced fighter who is a volume striker with knockout potential in his hands and is very comfortable on the canvas with eight submission victories despite his low takedown numbers on the UFC level. Ferguson has a background in wrestling and boxing, so he’s confident wherever the fight goes. Ferguson is also one of the better well conditioned fighters and has finished six of his last nine fights. This will be Ferguson’s sixth fight in Las Vegas.

Kevin Lee enters this fight with a 16-2 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by submission. Lee has won his last five fights and is coming off a June win over Michael Chiesa. Lee is averaging 3.6 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41.5 percent. Lee is averaging 3.48 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 41.6 percent. Lee hasn’t lost since his 2015 bout with Leonardo Santos and looks for his third victory of the year. Lee is a strong athlete who usually gets the fight where he wants it and has won his last three matchups by submission. Lee has executed a combined nine takedowns in his last three fights and does a wonderful job of being in control when on the canvas. Lee has eight victories by submission and has never been submitted himself despite all the time he’s fighting on the ground. Lee is also an underrated come forward striker, but he’s clearly proving his bread and butter is his ground game and aggressiveness with the takedowns. This will be Lee’s sixth fight in Las Vegas. 

It doesn’t get much better than this, as these are two balanced fighters with massive winning streaks on the line. Both fighters can hold their own with standup, clinching and on the canvas. You can make a strong case for either fighter here, but I’m giving the edge to Lee. The takedown success and upper-body strength of Lee will be the difference here, as I don’t see Ferguson being able to defend his opponent, which will force him to win the fight out of his comfort zone. Ferguson is obviously polished on the ground, but he’ll struggle with the athleticism and strength of Lee. 

Lee has that look of being a star in this sport and I’m not sure anything can stop him right now. I have Lee winning this fight.

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Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:13:26 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=92268
<![CDATA[Gokhan Saki vs. Henrique da Silva UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/22/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/09/22/gokhan-saki-vs-henrique-da-silva-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Gokhan Saki and Henrique da Silva fight Friday during UFC Fight Night 117 at the Saitama Super Arena.

Gokhan Saki enters this fight with a 0-1 record and will make his UFC debut. Saki’s only other MMA fight was a 2004 loss to James Zikic. Saki is a 33-year old who is most known for his kickboxing background, as he’s produced an 83-12 record that does back to 2000, and 59 of those victories were knockouts. While little to no pro experience in MMA, many believe Saki has what it takes to be successful on this side of the fence because of his elite striking ability and…

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Gokhan Saki and Henrique da Silva fight Friday during UFC Fight Night 117 at the Saitama Super Arena.

Gokhan Saki enters this fight with a 0-1 record and will make his UFC debut. Saki’s only other MMA fight was a 2004 loss to James Zikic. Saki is a 33-year old who is most known for his kickboxing background, as he’s produced an 83-12 record that does back to 2000, and 59 of those victories were knockouts. While little to no pro experience in MMA, many believe Saki has what it takes to be successful on this side of the fence because of his elite striking ability and terrific hand speed. Saki is a powerful striker with heavy hands and strong legs that have helped him earn various titles throughout combat sports. After all, Saki isn’t known as the The Turkish Tyson for nothing. Saki could quickly become a star in UFC with his skill set. Saki has had 12 kickboxing fights in Japan. 

Henrique da Silva enters this fight with a 12-3 record and has won 92 percent of his fights by knockout. da Silva has lost his last three fights and is coming off a June loss to Ion Cutelaba. da Silva is averaging 3.98 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 58.3 percent. da Silva is averaging 0.36 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. da Silva really needs a victory here, as his last win was in October against Joachim Christensen, and he’s already 0-2 this year. da Silva doesn’t bring any surprises to the octagon, as he’s a standup striker who relies on kicks and extreme punching power that has one-punch knockout potential. da Silva has attempted just three takedowns in all of his UFC fights and 11 of his 12 victories have been knockouts. da Silva is a brawler and is going to go down swinging. This will be da Silva’s first fight in Japan. 

da Silva is the bigger fighter who also has a three inch reach, which is key when you have two guys who are at their best standing up and trading blows. However, Saki is the more accurate striker and isn’t as wild as da Silva can be, as his discipline and patience should pay off here. da Silva hasn’t looked good in his last few fights and is now fighting somebody who doesn’t have the MMA background but has the skill set that will translate quickly. When Saki is able to fight his fight, few can hang with him.

Saki will be comfortable in this fight and will be on the winning side.

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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:43:39 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=92196
<![CDATA[Claudia Gadelha vs. Jessica Andrade UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/22/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/09/22/claudia-gadelha-vs-jessica-andrade-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Andrade fight Friday during UFC Fight Night 117 at the Saitama Super Arena.

Claudia Gadelha enters this fight with a 15-2 record and has won 47 percent of her fights by submission. Gadelha has won six of her last eight fights and is coming off a June win over Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Gadelha is averaging 3.55 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.3 percent. Gadelha is averaging 4.6 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 57.4 percent. Gadelha is coming off back-to-back wins since her loss to Joanna Jedrzejczyk and…

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Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Andrade fight Friday during UFC Fight Night 117 at the Saitama Super Arena.

Claudia Gadelha enters this fight with a 15-2 record and has won 47 percent of her fights by submission. Gadelha has won six of her last eight fights and is coming off a June win over Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Gadelha is averaging 3.55 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.3 percent. Gadelha is averaging 4.6 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 57.4 percent. Gadelha is coming off back-to-back wins since her loss to Joanna Jedrzejczyk and is fresh off a bout in which she earned performance of the night honors. Gadelha has proven she’s a balanced fighter, as she has a background in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai, so she can hold her own standing up or on the ground. At the UFC level, Gadelha has been a takedown machine and has seven submission victories overall. Gadelha has also never been finished in her career despite two losses. This will be Gadelha’s first fight in Japan. 

Jessica Andrade enters this fight with a 16-6 record and has won 44 percent of her fights by submission. Andrade has won seven of her last 10 fights and is coming off a May loss to Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Andrade is averaging 6.09 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.4 percent. Andrade is averaging 2.32 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 51.3 percent. Andrade hopes to bounce back after losing the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time. Andrade is an athletic fighter who has always been sharp with her standup striking, as she’s a very polished boxer with knockout pop, but she’s also produced 19 takedowns on the UFC level and has seven career submission victories. At 26 years old, Andrade is a downright brawler who forces her opponent to beat her if they’re going to get the victory, as she’s usually always the aggressor in the octagon. This will be Andrade’s first fight in Japan.

This is going to be a must-watch fight and could easily have been the main event, as both fighters are aggressive and highly skilled in both standup and on the canvas. Hopefully this one goes the distance and ends up being a back-and-forth that’s tough to decide. You can make a strong case for either fighter here. But I’m going with Gadelha in this fight because she’s the smarter fighter who will use Andrade’s aggressiveness against her. Gadelha is also better on the canvas and can get this fight where she wants it with her impressive takedown percentage. Andrade can be a bit wild at times and that can be a downfall when fighting some of the top tier on this level.

Could go either way, but I give Gadelha the nod.

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Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:26:06 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=91866
<![CDATA[Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/22/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/09/22/mauricio-rua-vs-ovince-saint-preux-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Mauricio Rua and Ovince Saint Preux fight Friday during UFC Fight Night 117 at the Saitama Super Arena.

Mauricio Rua enters this fight with a 24-10 record and has won 79 percent of his fights by knockout. Rua has split his last 12 fights and is coming off a March win over Gian Villante. Rua is averaging 3.75 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 51.3 percent. Rua is averaging 2.17 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 48.3 percent. Rua has won his last three fights since his loss to OSP and looks for four straight victories for the first…

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Mauricio Rua and Ovince Saint Preux fight Friday during UFC Fight Night 117 at the Saitama Super Arena.

Mauricio Rua enters this fight with a 24-10 record and has won 79 percent of his fights by knockout. Rua has split his last 12 fights and is coming off a March win over Gian Villante. Rua is averaging 3.75 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 51.3 percent. Rua is averaging 2.17 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 48.3 percent. Rua has won his last three fights since his loss to OSP and looks for four straight victories for the first time since 2006-07. Rua is an aggressive fighter who has very heavy hands, uses his legs well and has seen 24 of his 35 total fights end in knockout. Rua has a deep background in Muay Thai and always feels like he has the advantage standing up or in the clinch. While not a submission artist, Rua can also hold his own on the canvas and has a viscous ground and pound if he gains top position. This will be Rua’s 12th fight in Japan. 

Ovince Saint Preux enters this fight with a 20-10 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. Saint Preux has lost four of his last six fights and is coming off a April win over Marcos Rogerio de Lima. Saint Preux is averaging 2.77 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.8 percent. Saint Preux is averaging 1.31 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 48.6 percent. Saint Preux has struggled to find consistent form the last few years and looks for back-to-back wins for the first time since 2014-15. Saint Preux is a strong, big athlete with an 80 inch reach and has finished six of his last seven victories. Saint Preux is a powerful striker who is most effective standing up, but he also has a high school background in wrestling and has five submission victories under his belt. Saint Preux has also been finished just three times in 10 career losses, so he’s a tough guy with good conditioning and forces his opponent to beat him. This will be Saint Preux’s first fight in Japan. 

The first fight between these two was a quick and painless knockout for Saint Preux, as Rua tried to rush in and got tagged. You have to expect Rua to have more respect for Saint Preux’s standup this time around and be a little more patient with his attack. And despite being the smaller guy, I’m going with Rua to get his revenge. Rua is in better overall form than Saint Preux and is the more balanced fighter who can win in a variety of ways. I like Rua to mix in his leg kicks and slow Saint Preux down in the clinch, making him uncomfortable and testing his endurance. Saint Preux isn’t the same fighter when you get him in the later rounds. Also, Rua is 10-1 in his career when fighting in Japan.

I like Rua in this fight.

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Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:23:50 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=91863
<![CDATA[Kamaru Usman vs. Sergio Moraes UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/16/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/09/16/kamaru-usman-vs-sergio-moraes-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Kamaru Usman and Sergio Moraes fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 116 at the PPG Paints Arena. 

Kamaru Usman enters this fight with a 10-1 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. Usman has won his last nine fights and is coming off a April win over Sean Strickland. Usman is averaging four significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 53.6 percent. Usman is averaging 4.52 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Usman hasn’t lost since his 2013 fight with Jose Caceres and has won his last four fights by unanimous decision.…

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Kamaru Usman and Sergio Moraes fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 116 at the PPG Paints Arena. 

Kamaru Usman enters this fight with a 10-1 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. Usman has won his last nine fights and is coming off a April win over Sean Strickland. Usman is averaging four significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 53.6 percent. Usman is averaging 4.52 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Usman hasn’t lost since his 2013 fight with Jose Caceres and has won his last four fights by unanimous decision. Usman is a known striker with accuracy and knockout power, but he also has a deep background in wrestling and has produced 20 takedowns in just a few UFC fights. Usman is a really polished grappler and comfortable on the canvas despite just one career submission victory. At just 29 years old, Usman looks for his fourth victory since last July and is quickly moving up the rankings. This will be Usman’s first fight in Pennsylvania. 

Sergio Moraes enters this fight with a 12-3-1 record and has won 58 percent of his fights by submission. Moraes has won six of his last seven fights and is coming off a March win over Davi Ramos. Moraes is averaging 2.32 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 45.7 percent. Moraes is averaging 1.16 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 30.7 percent. Moraes hasn’t lost since his 2012 fight with Cezar Ferreira and three of his last four wins have come by decision. Moraes has a deep background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a submission machine who is a threat to put his opponent in a choke at any point during a fight. At 35 years old, Moraes is also one of the more well conditioned fighters in the division and has lost just one of the five fights that have gone the distance. Moraes is simply deadly whenever he gets the fight where he wants it. This will be Moraes’ third fight in the United States. 

This is a fun fight between a powerful knockout artist in Usman and a chess player, submission artist in Moraes. Neither guy sees decisions often, so this will be a battle that likely has an explosive finish. In terms of picking a winner, I’m going to side with Usman because of his versatility. Not only can Usman hold his own on the canvas and is highly skilled with his takedowns, but he’s head and shoulders the better striker here and is always a threat to end things when standing up. Moraes could have trouble keeping up in this fight and dictating the pace.

I have Usman getting the upper-hand here.

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:24:50 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=91749
<![CDATA[Krzysztof Jotko vs. Uriah Hall UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/16/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/09/16/krzysztof-jotko-vs-uriah-hall-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Krzysztof Jotko and Uriah Hall fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 116 at the PPG Paints Arena.   

Krzysztof Jotko enters this fight with a 19-2 record and has won 58 percent of his fights by decision. Jotko has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a May loss to David Branch. Jotko is averaging 2.74 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.8 percent. Jotko is averaging 1.19 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 42.1 percent. Jotko is coming off a tight loss and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in his career.…

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Krzysztof Jotko and Uriah Hall fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 116 at the PPG Paints Arena.   

Krzysztof Jotko enters this fight with a 19-2 record and has won 58 percent of his fights by decision. Jotko has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a May loss to David Branch. Jotko is averaging 2.74 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.8 percent. Jotko is averaging 1.19 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 42.1 percent. Jotko is coming off a tight loss and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. Jotko is an awkward striker with clear knockout power and an effective ground and pound game. Jotko is also not shy with his takedown attempts despite just two career submission victories, and he does a good job of controlling the fight. Jotko has lost just one of 13 decisions, so he’s somebody his opponent must finish in order to like his chances of winning. This will be Jotko’s second fight in the United States.  

Uriah Hall enters this fight with a 13-8 record and has won 77 percent of his fights by knockout. Hall has lost his last three fights and is coming off a November loss to Gegard Mousasi. Hall is averaging 3.11 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 52.6 percent. Hall is averaging 1.07 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 41.1 percent. Hall hopes to snap a rough losing streak, and his last victory was in 2015 against Mousasi. There’s not many secrets with Hall, as he’s a pure striker at heart who has heavy hands with one-punch knockout potential, and he uses his knees and legs just as well. Hall is always one strike away from completely turning around a fight, but he’s also been knocked out in his last two fights. Even on the ground, Hall is a threat to end things with his strikes if he can gain top position. This will be Hall’s first fight in Pennsylvania. 

This has the potential to be the best fight on the card with two athletic guys with knockout power and flashy offensive attacks overall. This could go either way and is sure going to bring fireworks no matter which side wins. However, Jotko is the more disciplined fighter of the two who is better defensively and could take advantage of Hall’s aggressiveness. We’ve also seen Hall get knocked out the last two times he’s fought, which can’t bring much confidence given Jotko’s skill set.

Close fight and a fun watch, but I’m giving Jotko the edge.

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:15:45 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=91743
<![CDATA[Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/16/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/09/16/anthony-hamilton-vs-daniel-spitz-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Anthony Hamilton and Daniel Spitz fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 116 at the PPG Paints Arena.

Anthony Hamilton enters this fight with a 15-7 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by knockout. Hamilton has lost five of his last eight fights and is coming off a February loss to Marcel Fortuna. Hamilton is averaging 4.51 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 67.5 percent. Hamilton is averaging 2.84 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 52.9 percent. Hamilton looks to avoid three straight losses for the first time in his career and…

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Anthony Hamilton and Daniel Spitz fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 116 at the PPG Paints Arena.

Anthony Hamilton enters this fight with a 15-7 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by knockout. Hamilton has lost five of his last eight fights and is coming off a February loss to Marcel Fortuna. Hamilton is averaging 4.51 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 67.5 percent. Hamilton is averaging 2.84 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 52.9 percent. Hamilton looks to avoid three straight losses for the first time in his career and hopes to redeem himself after being knocked out. Hamilton is a wrestler at heart who is very comfortable on the canvas and is highly effective with his takedowns and is defending 83.3 percent of his opponents attempts. However, Hamilton is also extremely accurate with his stories and has produced eight knockouts in his career. Hamilton has proven to be a balanced fighter, but he must get back to good form before these losses get out of control. This will be Hamilton’s first fight in Pennsylvania. 

Daniel Spitz enters this fight with a 5-1 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by submission. Spitz has won two of his last three fights and is coming off a March loss to Mark Godbeer. Spitz is averaging 3.4 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 37.5 percent. Spitz is averaging one takedown with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Spitz lost his UFC debut in which he ate 100 strikes and lost all three rounds. Spitz is a lengthy fighter who stands at 6’7” and is most known for his striking ability despite having three submission victories under his belt. Spitz has to do a better job in the clinch where he can use his knees and his overall length to his advantage. This will be Spitz’s first fight in Pennsylvania.

It’s hard to back Hamilton given his inconsistency the last several years and the fact he’s coming off back-to-back losses. However, Spitz has a very questionable resume and was defeated rather easily in his first UFC fight. I’m somebody where showing and proving is critical, and we just haven’t seen enough from Spitz against quality competition to inspire the confidence he can beat a veteran in Hamilton who is a talented wrestler with knockout power and is desperate for a victory.

I’ll side with Hamilton in this matchup.

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:47:22 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=91740
<![CDATA[Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/16/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/09/16/hector-lombard-vs-anthony-smith-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Hector Lombard and Anthony Smith fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 116 at the PPG Paints Arena.   

Hector Lombard enters this fight with a 34-7-1 record and has won 65 percent of his fights by knockout. Lombard has lost his last three fights and is coming off a February loss to Johny Hendricks. Lombard is averaging 2.77 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.3 percent. Lombard is averaging two takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 48.5 percent. Lombard is getting desperate for a victory considering his last one came over three years…

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Hector Lombard and Anthony Smith fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 116 at the PPG Paints Arena.   

Hector Lombard enters this fight with a 34-7-1 record and has won 65 percent of his fights by knockout. Lombard has lost his last three fights and is coming off a February loss to Johny Hendricks. Lombard is averaging 2.77 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.3 percent. Lombard is averaging two takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 48.5 percent. Lombard is getting desperate for a victory considering his last one came over three years ago against Jake Shields. Lombard has a deep background in judo and kickboxing, and he’s most effective standing up where he can strike and unleash his pure power. However, Lombard is also an effective takedown artist with seven submission victories and is more than comfortable on the canvas, which includes never being submitted himself. This will be Lombard’s first fight in Pennsylvania. 

Anthony Smith enters this fight with a 27-12 record and has won 52 percent of his fights by knockout. Smith has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a April win over Andrew Sanchez. Smith is averaging 3.3 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 47.6 percent. Smith is averaging 0.44 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Smith has lost just one recent fight, which was to Cezar Ferreira in 2016, and he’s bounced back with back-to-back knockouts. Smith is most known for his standup and one-punch knockout potential, but he also has 11 submission victories and has attempted six takedowns on the UFC level, so his ground game can’t be overlooked. Smith is a really balanced fighter who just turned 29 years old and has a knack for finishing his opponent with only two of his 27 career wins coming by decision. This will be Smith’s third fight in Pennsylvania. 

Lombard always has a chance to win a fight due to his judo expertise and raw power, but he is up there in age and his form hasn’t been the best over his last several fights. Smith can more than hold his own standing up, but he’ll have a considerable advantage on the canvas as well in this match. Not to mention Smith has a six-inch reach advantage over Lombard, which is a big deal if this ends up turning into a backyard brawl with both guys looking to land the haymaker. This just seems like a bad matchup for Lombard, especially given his recent form.

Smith should win this fight.

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Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:31:13 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=91689
<![CDATA[Mike Perry vs. Thiago Alves UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/16/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/09/16/mike-perry-vs-thiago-alves-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Mike Perry and Thiago Alves fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 116 at the PPG Paints Arena.

Mike Perry enters this fight with a 10-1 record and has won 100 percent of his fights by knockout. Perry has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a April win over Jake Ellenberger. Perry is averaging 4.67 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.9 percent. Perry is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Perry bounced back nicely from his loss to Alan Jouban and earned performance of the night honors. Perry…

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Mike Perry and Thiago Alves fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 116 at the PPG Paints Arena.

Mike Perry enters this fight with a 10-1 record and has won 100 percent of his fights by knockout. Perry has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a April win over Jake Ellenberger. Perry is averaging 4.67 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.9 percent. Perry is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Perry bounced back nicely from his loss to Alan Jouban and earned performance of the night honors. Perry is a pure striker with heavy hands and a boxing background. Perry wants a fight on his feet and has yet to even attempt a takedown in four UFC fights. It’s no secret what Perry wants to do in the octagon, as he has a 71-inch reach and is always one punch or a combination away from ending things, the way he has in all 10 of his victories. Standing up, few can hang with Perry and his striking game. This will be Perry’s first fight in Pennsylvania. 

Thiago Alves enters this fight with a 26-11 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. Alves has split his last 12 fights and is coming off a April win over Patrick Cote. Alves is averaging 3.6 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41.9 percent. Alves is averaging 0.75 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 66.6 percent. Alves has been hit or miss the last several years, but is coming off a dominating win in which he strikes Cote to death and got a takedown. Alves is an athletic fighter who has a variety of strikes that include knockout power in his hands and effective leg kicks. Alves is also a highly effective takedown artist when he attempts them, and both of his submissions have come on the UFC level. Alves is an aggressive fighter who simply finds ways to win, and six of his 11 losses have come by decision. This will be Alves’ first fight in Pennsylvania. 

This is an interesting fight between two guys who are at their best when standing up striking and have the ability to end things at any moment. The reason I’m siding with Alves is because of his versatility. Alves mixes in his leg kicks well, is a capable grappler and can force Perry out of his comfort zone with takedown attempts. There’s just more to Alves’ game than just the raw striking power that Perry brings to the table even if it has proven to be super effective.

I like Alves to win this fight.

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